COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- The choice is getting easier for mom's-to-be in Collier County. Very soon, Physicians Regional Medical Center on Collier Boulevard, will close its labor and delivery unit. That means only one hospital in the county will be delivering babies.
Physicians Regional Medical Center says the amount of births at the Collier Blvd. location has dropped significantly. So now, expecting moms in this area will have to travel an additional 17 miles to deliver.
"It's a little scary, I don't like not having a plan, I like having a plan," said expecting mom, Amanda Catalano.
And this well-thought out plan has now been derailed. Amanda Catalano has a scheduled c-section, to meet her new little one on December 23rd.
"My husband works overseas, so it's crucial that he knows the date and now that everything is messed up again, his work is depending on this date," said Catalano.
But starting December first, those special words, "it's a boy," or "it's a girl," will no longer be heard by mothers inside of Physican's Regional Medical Center.
The unit is closing it's doors, forcing moms-to-be to deliver their newborns at Naples Community Hospital North.
"It's been a hassle, now I'm going to have to reschedule a date and hopefully get a date at NCH."
Scott Campbell with Physicians Regional says over the years the number of deliveries dropped. And over the last year, they only saw about 30 babies born a month.
"It was not a quick decision, it was thought out with passion and heart felt sincerity, towards our patients, or physicians and our staff," said Campbell.
"Either way, I'm having this baby and it's not going to be at home that's for sure, it will be somewhere, whether it's here or there."
Naples Community Hospital tells us they are set to handle the additional expecting moms. We're told that is about 300 a year. As for the 18 employees in this unit, they will be retrained for another unit, or possibly moved to NCH.